Frequently asked questions

Cameras in the library

Q: Why were cameras installed in the library?
A: The cameras were installed in order to enhance UTSC campus safety and security, to deter crime, and to otherwise support the protection of people and university property.

Q: How many cameras are there, and where are they located?
A: There are currently four cameras in the library: a quad camera in the main entrance that captures images in four directions; a quad camera upstairs near the front of the library covering the study spaces; and two fisheye cameras upstairs that cover the staircase and upper level study carrels.

Q: When were cameras installed?
Two were installed in the fall of 2018 and two in the winter of 2019.

Q: How are the cameras monitored?
A: The cameras are not monitored in real time. Video footage is recorded only, no audio. The footage is retained by Campus Police for 30 days before it is erased. Campus Police may choose to save segments of video for investigative purposes.

Q: Who will be able to see me?
A: These are closed-circuit security cameras, and access to the footage is restricted to campus police officers and authorized persons. The camera footage is stored on a secure, local server.

Q: My laptop was stolen. What do I do?
A: If you are a victim of theft, or you see theft in progress, report it immediately to library staff and to Campus Police. Campus Police will investigate.